Bunbury Looking To Keep Finals Streak Going

The Bulldogs finished fifth in 2023, and will be looking to again make the finals this season under new Coach Troy Hollands.  Bunbury are the only team in the competition to make finals every season for the last seven years, and there is nothing to suggest that won’t continue in 2024.

Hollands coached the Bunbury Colts to victory last season, with the team going through the entire season undefeated.   Hollands replaces long time coach Jamie Nani who coached the team to their last premiership in 2020.

Bunbury’s consistency in making finals is testament of a strong club, and despite the loss of Brad Blake to Huonville Lions in Tasmania and Matt Martin to Donnybrook, there are plenty of players with plenty of experience, which will ensure that Bunbury remain a contender this year.

Martin, the League’s leading Goal Scorers defection to Donnybrook, will see Joel Houghton take the lead role up forward.  This season will also see Jesse Gribble become the Bulldogs most capped player towards the middle of the season, surpassing Mick Shinner who played 268 games for the club.

Denholm King will again captain the league team in 2024, with a team with plenty of experience and youth.

The club made finals in all four grades, with the Women winning a thriller over Busselton in front of a record crowd at Kelly Park, and the Bulldog Women will again be a force this season.

Bunbury were always in the top two in the Reserves, but a surprise loss in the Preliminary Final saw them as onlookers to the decider a week later.

Bunbury start a week later than the rest of the clubs, with the bye in the opening round.  The Bulldogs start their 2024 campaign at home against the reigning premiers, who will have fond memories on Payne Park, having won the Grand Final at the venue last year.  After an away game to Harvey Bulls, the Bulldogs return to the kennel to play Carey Park, while their third home game of the season is against South Bunbury, meaning the Bulldogs play three of the other four teams from last years top five at home in the first seven weeks.  In round eight they play the remaining finalist from last season in Donnybrook at Boyanup Oval.

Bunbury only play Collie Eagles and Dunsborough once in the home and away season, and finish the season with three of their last five games at home, with an away match to finish against the Hawks.